T Rex

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Can Mo Farah win in London?

Posted: Yesterday at 00:24

Mo had a bad patch in the middle of the race, which probably cost him the UK record, but had the guts to keep going.  He managed to overtake one of that leading group of eight (a 2:04 runner) and if he had found another four seconds from somewhere he would have got past both Mutais.  

He was in no-man's land for a lot of the race and had to put all the work in himself.  I think he did brilliantly.  I predicted 6th so a bit out.

Whether or not he can do a Zatopek at Rio, and double up on the track and the marathon, he'll have to think about.

Llanelli 13 April 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 00:03

Glad they didn't take you off the course with only 53s to go!  That would have been very cruel.

Well done on your first marathon.

Thames Path 100

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:47

I never use crews or pacers.  That's just me.  I see having to be self-reliant as part of the challenge.

Thanks, Hh.

Only 17 days to go.  Eeek!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:38

I suppose I hadn't recovered from the 39-miler in which I'd really pushed myself only a week before.

Lesson: never underestimate 26.2 miles!  It's a cunning distance that will catch out the unwary or unprepared, however much experience you might have.

Next up is a little 100-miler along the Thames Path in less than three weeks.  Better start some training.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:34

Fortunately I was carrying a bar and soon felt a bit better but had to walk and run the next four miles which was somewhat embarrassing.  One of the first-time marathoners was rapidly catching up with me. At the 25-mile marker I managed to get going again and had a strong finish, but a disappointing 4:02 time.

An enjoyable, low-key event though which I can recommend as a London replacement.  It's a two-lap marathon with each lap consisting of two 'out-and-backs' along the coast path, mostly tarmac.  Plenty of opportunities to assess how well you're doing relative to other people, and very flat. 

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:27


Llanelli, so-called 'Great Welsh' (but we know there's only one of those), marathon.

While everyone was pounding along London's streets to see if they were paved with gold I was traipsing up and down the coast path in the Millennium Coast Park,  Llanelli, down at heel.

Timing was a bit tight and arrived only about 10 mins before the start but OK here since you can park only 50m from the start/finish line.

A bit arbitrary but I thought I'd set out at 8:45 miling which would lead to a 3:49 finish.  This seemed reasonable and indeed it was for the first 17 miles. I was even trying to help one or two first-time marathoners with their pacing.   But after mile 17 I was losing 15s a mile and at mile 21 I had to dive into the Discovery Centre to use the gents.  The queues for the loos at the start were so long I would have missed the start but 21 miles was just about as far as I could go before the onset of some dreadful internal injury.

Coming out I was feeling light-headed and could see fluorescent yellow borders around everything, the familiar sign of hypoglycaemia. I was walling, unusual for me.


Llanelli 13 April 2014

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:18

They used the same course as 2013 , which I ran, so route OK.

Llanelli 13 April 2014

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:17

Had did you get on, mathschick?  I thought 8:45 miling was a realistic target for a 3:49 finish - plucked out of thin air really - but could only make it at that pace until mile 21.  The next 4 miles out to that lonely turnaround point was a mixture of running and walking until the 25-mile marker and then I somehow managed to find some energy and finished at a good speed.  Rather disappointing 4:02 finish, but a very enjoyable event.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:13

All the best, marathoners.

Running belt - long runs/marathon

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 02:39

I used to use Fuelbelt but their new designs a few years ago produced bottles you couldn't drink out of and that leaked.

I now use Nathan - their 4-bottle belt is brilliant and doesn't chafe at all.  It also has two pouches.  I've also got their 2-bottle belt.  Each bottle holds about 275ml.

Good things about belts are that your hands remain free, you hardly feel you're wearing them even when full, and you can tuck items into them you might need such as hats, a jacket, or a sponge, etc.

The problem with belts that hold one or two large bottles is that they joggle around too much.

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